Willogoleche Wind Farm is South Australia’s newest renewable energy resource
This immense project involved 41 tonnes of steel and 345m3 of concrete for each of the turbine foundations, 17km of internal roads built with 170km of underground cabling that connects to a new ElectraNet substation. Each unit has a tip height of 150m above ground level, with a blade rotor diameter of 130m.
The 32 turbines have a combined generation capacity of 119 MW, giving the wind farm the capability of powering 80,000 homes across the state.
The wind farm is located in one of the windiest areas in South Australia. The area has an average wind speed of 8.6 metres per second. Due to its ideal location, it is surrounded by four neighbouring wind farms; The Bluff, Brown Hill, North Brown Hill and Hallett Hill. After development approval was granted in 2011, native grass species in the area became an Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation listed species which involved further studies to be conducted on the site in order to preserve and manage the vegetation.
The Willogoleche Wind Farm was a $250 million project for ENGIE that provides further energy security for South Australia and the National Electricity Market (NEM), further highlighting the company’s commitment to a renewable future.
ENGIE has completed the annual monitoring report under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act for the Willogoleche Wind Farm. You can read it here.
How does a wind turbine work?add add
Wind as an energy source is free, plentiful, sustainable and renewable. All over the world, wind turbines capture power from the wind and convert it into electricity.
The Global Wind Energy Council has reported that wind energy could make up 20 percent of worldwide electricity production by 2030. Today, it’s at 4 percent. This production could create 2.4 million new jobs and reduce CO2 emissions by more than 3.3 billion tons per year.
ENGIE is leading the transition to a zero-carbon economy, in part, by investing in wind farms in Australia and all around the world.
Location: Willogoleche Hill
Maximum Capacity: 119 MW
- 32 wind turbines, Generation capacity of 119MW
- Powering 80,000 homes
- Average location wind speeds 8.6m/sec
- 150 metres tall from turbine base to blade tip